What can I say... Carolina Girl Confections is awesome! I was looking for a cake -- at the last minute -- and searched all night and more the next morning. I saw a listing for Carolina Girl Confections, but kept looking for a bakery closer to home (I live in West Columbia; she is located southeast Columbia). I decided to visit their website and my goodness are the cakes beautiful. Shanel is a godsend. I called and she walked me through her ordering process and before I knew it, I was on my way! She jokingly told me that next time "I'd better not wait til the last minute," but said that she's used to it because most customers tend to pick up the cake last (she can prepare most Southern heirloom cakes with 24 hour notice if need be). She set up a two hour pick up window (she does offer delivery for only $10) and emailed me an invoice. There are several options to pay, and she sent me a payment link to handle the balance. I loved that because when I picked up my cake I was on a tight schedule. What I LOVED the day of pick up is that I got a text message from her reminding me of pickup and what time, specifically, my cake would be ready. I ordered an Italian Creme Cake. It was AMAZING. No, really, it WAS. I have never had a cake so beautiful, moist and full of flavor! I am already looking forward to the holidays when it'll be time to order again! I would absolutely recommend Shanel and Carolina Girl Confections for any baked cakes or pastries! She is truly a lovely Carolina Girl ;) --Brenda H.
Carolina Girl Confections is probably the best bakery I've used, period. The owner (and baker) Shanel is really super. My husband and I first had her sweet treats at the Habitat for Humanity 30th anniversary Gala. She created an amazing table with props and an assortment of cakes and cupcakes. At that event, we had the red velvet cake and lemon berry cupcakes. She'd also made a vanilla sheet cake. They were a hit! Everything was a hit because it was all gone before the gala ended. We got her information and gave her a call the following Monday, but she was closed. Ugh. I left a message and she returned the call that Tuesday afternoon. I ordered a Lemon Berry cake and some strawberry shortcake cupcakes. Oh. My. God. Everything was soooooo good! Moist, full of flavor, fresh... There's nothing I could complain about except I wish I had ordered more! I'm definitely giong to be a repeat customer. Shanel is also really nice and helpful. She takes her baking seriously and it shows in her products. I also really liked the courtesy text letting me know when my items were ready for pickup. I'll surely be calling on Carolina Girl Confections again... and again!
I can't say enough about the Pastry Place cakes. Our experience with the Pastry Place started back in 2002 when we went for a taste testing at the bridal expo in Columbia. We had taste tested so many cakes and the funny thing is my husband today and I were not even engaged yet! That's how important the cake for our wedding was to us. After we tried the pastry place, we knew this would be the cake for our special day. Since then, we have had birthday cakes, Father's & Mother's Day cakes, baptism cakes and each one is unique and made with love! The Pastry Place not only bakes cakes but they take a special pride and caring in your special event-they truly treat you like family. The Pastry Place offers so many options and fillings and flavors, and you will not find a cake that is more moist, sweet and tasty! We are so thankful that we stumbled upon the Pastry Place 10 years ago. Once you try what they have to offer, you will never go anywhere else for your special occasions!